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How do I know if I have bone spurs on my heel. every morning when I get up I cannot put weight on my left heal because it feels like there is a knife sticking in it. it eases off after a while but, never completely goes away. Is this a sign of a bon?

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Dr. David Kahan
Podiatry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Heel Pain/Heel Spurs

The only way to know if you have heel spurs on your heels is with an x-ray.
They can't be felt. With that in mind both plantar fasciitis and heel spurs will present the same way. You need to ice your heels, stretch your calves (before you get out of bed or after sitting), wear supportive shoes and probably need to see a foot doctor for more comprehensive treatment.

In brief: Heel Pain/Heel Spurs

The only way to know if you have heel spurs on your heels is with an x-ray.
They can't be felt. With that in mind both plantar fasciitis and heel spurs will present the same way. You need to ice your heels, stretch your calves (before you get out of bed or after sitting), wear supportive shoes and probably need to see a foot doctor for more comprehensive treatment.
Dr. David Kahan
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Dr. Ayisha Gani
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Calcaneal spur

Xray would show the bone spur. You probably have inflammation in the fascial tissues underneath the skin.
Anti inflammatory medicine, stretching, icing and physical therapy may help

In brief: Calcaneal spur

Xray would show the bone spur. You probably have inflammation in the fascial tissues underneath the skin.
Anti inflammatory medicine, stretching, icing and physical therapy may help
Dr. Ayisha Gani
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
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In brief: It can be

A heel spur or plantar fascitiis both are treated pretty much the same way.
Try wearing a night splint on your foot. This helps get rid of the morning pain.

In brief: It can be

A heel spur or plantar fascitiis both are treated pretty much the same way.
Try wearing a night splint on your foot. This helps get rid of the morning pain.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Matthew Wilkin
Usually it doesn't matter if you have a bone spur in the bottom of your heel. Try calf stretches, ice on your heel, NSAIDS, OTC orthotics and good supportive shoes. Avoid barefoot, flipflops, and flats. If it doesn't get better, see a podiatrist.
Dr. Allan Evangelista
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Plantar Fasciitis

You have the classic signs of plantar fasciitis (with or without Baxter's nerve entrapment), regardless whether or not you have a bone spur on the bottom of your heel.
The bone spur is not the cause of heel pain, but it is more of a result of what is going on with your plantar fasciitis. Please see a reputable foot specialist for further explanation and appropriate treatments.

In brief: Plantar Fasciitis

You have the classic signs of plantar fasciitis (with or without Baxter's nerve entrapment), regardless whether or not you have a bone spur on the bottom of your heel.
The bone spur is not the cause of heel pain, but it is more of a result of what is going on with your plantar fasciitis. Please see a reputable foot specialist for further explanation and appropriate treatments.
Dr. Allan Evangelista
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Heel spur

yes. Your symptoms are consistent with heel spur syndrome, which is pain in the AM and after periods of rest.
When you walk, the foot bones should lock together at the end of the walking cycle at push off. If your foot pronates or the arch turns down too much, the foot flattens out stretching the plantar fascia. Over time the plantar fascia will tear from the heel. In time a spur will form. C A Dr

In brief: Heel spur

yes. Your symptoms are consistent with heel spur syndrome, which is pain in the AM and after periods of rest.
When you walk, the foot bones should lock together at the end of the walking cycle at push off. If your foot pronates or the arch turns down too much, the foot flattens out stretching the plantar fascia. Over time the plantar fascia will tear from the heel. In time a spur will form. C A Dr
Dr. Randy Bernstein
Dr. Randy Bernstein
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In brief: Stretch

If you walk barefoot, or in flats, change your habits.
Wear shoes like running shoes with a heel as soon as you get up. Stretch your calves especially after exercise. This should help.

In brief: Stretch

If you walk barefoot, or in flats, change your habits.
Wear shoes like running shoes with a heel as soon as you get up. Stretch your calves especially after exercise. This should help.
Dr. Amira Mantoura
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Dr. Richard Roberts
Clinical Genetics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes.

See a podiatrist or orthopedist for definitive diagnosis and treatment

In brief: Yes.

See a podiatrist or orthopedist for definitive diagnosis and treatment
Dr. Richard Roberts
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Dr. Jan Szatkowski
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Difficult to tell

Heel pain can be caused by multiple things from gout to trauma.
Plantar fasciitis or even Achilles tendonitis can cause pain as well. Bone spurs are common around the heel and interestingly are often not the cause of the pain. If you continue to have pain make an appointment to get a thorough physical examination and an xray.

In brief: Difficult to tell

Heel pain can be caused by multiple things from gout to trauma.
Plantar fasciitis or even Achilles tendonitis can cause pain as well. Bone spurs are common around the heel and interestingly are often not the cause of the pain. If you continue to have pain make an appointment to get a thorough physical examination and an xray.
Dr. Jan Szatkowski
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Dr. Gregory Rouw
Podiatry

In brief: Heel pain

heel pain can develop from gout, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, bone cyst or tumor, stress fractures and many other less common reasons.
Whether or not you have a bone spur often does not correlate to heel pain. See a podiatrist for and accurate diagnosis and obtain proper treatment.

In brief: Heel pain

heel pain can develop from gout, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, bone cyst or tumor, stress fractures and many other less common reasons.
Whether or not you have a bone spur often does not correlate to heel pain. See a podiatrist for and accurate diagnosis and obtain proper treatment.
Dr. Gregory Rouw
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